Submissions/External funding give more than money

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Wikimania 2015-presentation about external grants.pptx
Submission no.
Title of the submission
External funding give more than money
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
John Andersson (WMSE) (talk)
E-mail address
John Andersson (WMSE), a.k.a. Jopparn
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Sverige
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Organizations usually have a goal of adding extra income to be able to do more. External funding often complement their budget and with this money they are more willing to experiment.

With these basic assumptions in mind one can start thinking how to use this to gain more free culture.

For Wikimedia Sverige applications for external funding is about much more than just money added for the fiscal year (but of course we have goals for that)! The work with applications for external funding is a central part of our work in order to expand our influence, develop new projects, create more new free content, and find new partners (or improve existing partnerships). We have actively been doing for external funding for a few years now and we have learnt a lot on the way that I would like to share and talk about.

I will present the underlying rationale, our strategy and a few concrete examples where we think this have worked favorably. And of course a few practical points on what to think about. The goal is to inspire chapters and other free knowledge organizations about the possibilities and give them a few tools. During the presentation a number of questions will be touched upon: What have proven successful? What do you need to think about when starting the process? How can work be coordinated between chapters? How can the work be streamlined to reduce work load? How much do you still need to invest? What do you get for your Investment? Is it even an added cost? What are the risks involved? And what the heck is the Ikea effect – and how is that connected to any of this?

Chapters in both rich and poor countries will find use of this presentation. The possibilities exists everywhere thanks to international donors and funds.

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30 minutes
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  1. Lots of wiki-organizations think about this and it would be nice to build off the precedent made by a chapter which has already thought this through. Blue Rasberry (talk) 00:47, 1 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Ocaasi (talk) 17:56, 3 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Definitely a movement priority for the coming years Dimi z (talk) 14:20, 7 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Marcio De Assis (talk) 15:33, 21 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  5. KLove (WMF) (talk) 16:53, 2 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  6. --Cornelius Kibelka (WMDE) (talk) 05:22, 13 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Spinster (talk) 23:04, 13 July 2015 (UTC) Yes! External funding is not only about getting (more) money, it's also very much about being visible outside our cosy wikiverse.[reply]
  8. Darafsh Kaviyani (Talk) 20:29, 18 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]
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